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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 17, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Prof. Paul Pulford

Professor, Cello; Director of Orchestral Studies (Conductor, WLU Symphony Orchestra)

Contact Information
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Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.2692

Office Location: A313

Academic Background

Diploma Royal Scottish Academy of Music

Graduate studies at University of Texas and Boston University


Paul Pulford studied with American cellist George Neikrug and with Scottish cellists Peggie Sampson and Joan Dickson. He has played in the BBC Scottish Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Austin (Texas) Symphony, and was principal cellist of the Toronto Chamber Players and Irish Pro Musica Ensemble. As a soloist he has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, RTE (Ireland) Symphony, and the Irish Pro Musica Ensemble. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and has recorded the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with fortepianist Boyd McDonald.

Paul Pulford has spent the majority of his years as a cellist in chamber ensembles that include: Penderecki, Orford, Brunswick and University of Alberta String Quartets; the Galliard Ensemble; new music groups Blue Rider Ensemble, ARRAY New Music and NUMUS Ensemble.

As a conductor Paul Pulford co-ordinates the orchestral program at Wilfrid Laurier and has appeared as a guest conductor with Symphony New Brunswick,

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Mississauga and Georgian Symphonies and is Resident Conductor of the NUMUS Ensemble. He has also been conductor of the New Brunswick and KW Symphony Youth Orchestras and conducted the premiere of Tim Brady’s opera, The Salome Dancer.

His CD recordings include:

With fortepianist Boyd McDonald

Ludwig von Beethoven Complete works for Cello and Fortepiano (ebs)

Johannes Brahms Cello Sonatas and Songs for Alto and Cello (doremi)

With Penderecki String Quartet

Bela Bartok Complete String Quartets (Nos. 1-4)

Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor

Johannes Brahms String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 51

Benjamin Britten String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3, Op. 73

Alfred Schnittke Piano Quintet (1972-76)

Krzysztof Penderecki Complete String Quartets

Various composers Polish String Quartets

Tim Brady Guitar Quintet